Daniel Howell is a PhD candidate in the NYU Department of Comparative Literature. Broadly, he works on historicizing Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking literature within the political and intellectual contexts of its time. He has presented academic work on vivisection and grave-robbing in Renaissance Spain, paramilitary cowboys in Northeastern Brazil, obscenity trials in Buenos Aires under Peronism, and poems from the Spanish Civil War that the Republican forces would read before sending them to their deaths. Currently, he is completing his dissertation on literary workers’ newspapers in late 19th century Havana. His non-academic writing and translation has appeared in Salon, Medium.com (by commission), The Adirondack Review, The Oxonian Review, and Cinematic Magazine. For three years, he co-managed the print and digital magazine The Bad Version, to which he also frequently contributed. Before Gallatin, Daniel taught in the NYU CORE Program and Comparative Literature Department. In his free time, he enjoys making seitan, fostering dogs, and visiting countries for which the US State Department has issued travel advisories.
Teaching and Research Interests
Caribbean and Latin American literature; comparative literature; theories of historicism; newspapers and media theory; Marxism and labor history; literature of war; science fiction
B.A. Literature, Harvard University, 2008 M.A. Comparative Literature, New York University, 2012